How I Got Started
became interested in glass insulators back in 1982 when I was around
seven or eight years old. I remember seeing these green glass things on
the poles that followed the railroad tracks and thinking it would be
way cool to have one or two. Some time later I was riding my horse
along a railroad not too
far from my house when I happened to look down and there in the farmers
field next to the tracks was a light aqua, half missing, CD 133 dome
Well that piece was pretty special to an eight year old even though it
was half missing! I still have it too!
Well that got me started in my quest for more insulators. I picked
up a few more broken ones missing the skirts, as that was all that was
left along the railroads in my area. It wasn't until a year or so later
that I got my first whole insulators, a couple of clear Hemingray's (CD
154, CD 155). I began looking for other insulators at garage sales,
thrift shops, and any other places I could get my fix. It's a very bad
addiction! I must acquire new insulators on a regular basis to feed my
habit. Sometime I will have to check myself into Insulators Anonymous and get help!
It wasn't until I was around 12 that I really got serious about
collecting when I was introduced to the organized hobby by an insulator
collector I met at an antique show (wish I knew who you were). I got my
first insulator book, Milhollands Bicentennial Edition, and the companion price guide. I sure wish I could still buy them for the prices in that book today!
I joined the National Insulator Association and subscribed to Crown Jewels Of The Wire.
I remember the first show I attended back in the Spring of 87. The
pictures I had seen of insulator shows in Crown Jewels were nothing compared to being
there in person and seeing so many different insulators! I saw so many
different shapes and colors that it was overwhelming, including some of
the prices! A couple of years later a national show
was held close to home and thats where I had my first
display. I received a first place for the Junior category and a Crown Jewels of the Wire ribbon award.
Some of my better finds when I first started collecting included a CD 145
H. G. Co.
beehive in J green for $5.00, a CD 145
H. G. Co. beehive in light cornflower blue also $5.00, and a CD 723
No Name (Wade) for $30.00.
I still collect only glass and I find that the more I get the more I have to have. I have over 1400
now and it continues to grow. When I run out of room I have made a
promise to start specializing but that will be a long time away if I
can help it!